landcruiser decision

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 11:38
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I am in the process of buying a 2nd hand series 80 landcruiser. I've found 2 but don't know which one to get. One is a 94, in good nick with 140,000 kms, the other is a 96 with 170,000 kms, in good nick also. Should I go for the one with less kms but slightly older or the newer one with more kms.What do people think?
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Reply By: koh - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 11:56

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 11:56
my chiose would be the 96

I have had a 94 and a 97 in the 80 series.
the 96 should be the upgraded version same as the 97, a bit more refinement in the vehicle.

tough as old Bobs chooks.

Keep left


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Reply By: ross - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:00

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:00
Perplexing isnt it. I would go for the low klm 94 if you plan on running up high mileage in a short time.Go for the 96 if its only going to be clocking miles slowly.
Its likely the 96 has more built in features and will attract a better resale value in than a 94 in say 3-4 years time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Liz- Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:26

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:26
Very perplexing I agree- the 94 actally has more extras for off-road which will come in handy for our 'big trip' next year and I guess that will be the time when the extra mileage will occur however the 96 is that much younger and slightly neater inside. I am hoping that the 'big trip' will only be the first of many so we plan on keeping it for a while.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 20:09

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 20:09
Hello Liz,

We have had a '90 model, and now have a '97 one. My suggestion would be the '96 model, for its better resale, and upgraded features. 30K clicks isn't really much, maybe only the equivalent of 12-18 months running.

We have 225K on our '97 model. They are much better to drive than the older models. Happy buying..


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Reply By: Member - Liz- Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 06:45

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 06:45
oh dear, I've now got conflicting pieces of advice and I really don't know what to do. I guess I'll just go for the old gut instinct. Thanks for your advice everyone!

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Reply By: Member - Karl - Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 13:07

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 13:07
Go the one with the more accessories. It will save you money in the long run because you don't have to by them. 30 000 kms and 3 yrs isn't really much difference and as for re-sale value, if you are intending to keep it for a while then that really doesn't come into it, if you look after it and keep it straight when it does come time to trade up you should get a good price. At least that is my opinion.Everyone is entitled to have an opinion - just make sure that yours is correct.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 13:59

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 13:59
If it were my decision, i would look at service hystory, aswell as body paint condition. The 96 would be one up on the 94 in the cost of the green slip next year to start with. There were quite a few improvements made to the 96 over the 94.
These cruisers are expensive to fix, so it is most important you get a good clean example to begin with. I would keep on looking if undecided, and buy private over a yard, simply because the yards can spruce them up, but we usually cant afford to do that much so what you see - you get.

BTW if you are looking at T/D, get the 96 multivalve over the 94, even the petrols have different injection systems... wheredayathinkwer mike?
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